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As commercial activity increasingly intertwines with applications of blockchain technology with participants around the world, courts have had to grapple with the personal jurisdiction implications of such arrangements. Will participants in these blockchain applications based outside the United States find themselves subject to U.S. jurisdiction when disputes arise, based on how they have conducted their activities? Two recent New York federal court decisions examined such questions under traditional personal jurisdiction principles and upheld exercising personal jurisdiction over nonresident defendants.

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Originally published:  November 27, 2018

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Bob Schwinger is a partner in the Commercial Litigation group at Norton Rose Fulbright. He also serves as assistant general counsel to the firm. Bob is an experienced litigator who has taken over twenty cases to trial, including eleven trials in federal courts, eight in New York state courts and two arbitrations. Bob focuses his practice on complex, high stakes business disputes, and has successfully represented both domestic and international clients in matters involving media and technology, private civil antitrust, financial fraud, securities and intellectual property, including copyright and trademark litigation, trade secrets and theft of ideas